Halloween has come to a close, and Cobblestone has been cleaned up. Go check it out in the light of day!
A few weeks ago we released Biome and Subzero into the Casual game mode. Now that you’ve had a chance to learn the layout, it’s time to test your skill! Biome and Subzero have been added to Competitive Matchmaking.
For a limited time players can fright their way through a midnight makeover of Cobblestone. Along with Cobblestone’s haunting new look, players can torment their enemies from the grave as a ghost in Casual, Demolition, and Flying Scoutsman game modes. Spray graffiti, meet up with other undead, or just mess around with some breakable objects using a spectral ghost knife – it all makes for a scary good time!
And don’t forget about the chickens – they’ve also dressed for the occasion…
There’s a lot to digest in today’s update, which includes some new maps, positional audio settings, and gameplay. Click here for more details!
Entering the Rotation
Two new maps have entered the game, Biome and Sub-Zero, and they’re currently available to play in the Casual Sigma map group. We’re measuring playtime on these (and other) maps in CS:GO, so vote with your bullets and let us know which maps should stick around!
There are other changes to the map pool. Austria has been a popular Casual map, and is now available for Competitive Matchmaking (and has been moved into the Casual Delta map group), while Canals has been moved out of Competitive Matchmaking. Additionally, today we’ll be saying goodbye to Shipped and Insertion.
Today we’re shipping a change to the start-of-half economy aimed at reducing the immediate impact of losing a pistol round. In Competitive Matchmaking, both teams are now considered to start the half with a one-round ‘losing streak’ that is reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss, etc.
We’ve also made some gameplay changes to the CZ75a and the Tec9, as well as a price cut to the SG553 and AUG.
So take a deep breath, dive into a match, and see what’s new!
Today’s update introduces some fresh new faces to the FBI–the characters have been updated to improve overall visual fidelity while preserving legibility. You’ll find them deployed in Nuke, Office, and Agency.
There’s more! The MP5-SD is available in Competitive Matchmaking. And the new 2018 Inferno and 2018 Nuke collections are now available as rank-up drops.
Jump into a competitive match, or jump onto a teammate’s head in Casual, where boosting has been activated.
Go! Go! Go!
Congratulations to Astralis, winners of the FACEIT London 2018 CS:GO Major Championship!
Astralis have won their second Major Championship, beating NaVi 16:6 on Nuke and 16:9 on Overpass to take home $500,000 of the $1,000,000 prize pool. If you missed any of the action or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the FACEIT London 2018 link in CS:GO’s Watch tab.
We would like to thank all of the teams, everyone at FACEIT, and the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible.